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Speed Punks

video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Speed Punks Publisher: Sony
Category: Driving
Platform: PS1
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: April 2000

Overall Rating: 2.5 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
2½ Stars out of 4

Speed Punks has no glaring problems, but with Crash Team Racing on the market, I'm not sure how it can compete. I suspect Sony is aiming this at younger players who find Crash Team Racing too challenging.

In truth, I had almost as much fun playing this as I did Crash. I would have had more fun had the game featured Crash's ability to bounce. The game is surprisingly challenging, but the important thing here is that the game never abandons fun for frustration.

While the game is clearly a rip-off of Mario Kart in style and design, it is no more offensive in that regard than Crash. Furthermore, Mario Kart never had missiles that fired backwards!

I have to complain about the extremely short courses. Half the CD must be empty.

Lastly, one of the racers caught my eye. I'm sorry, but when you name a racer Monica, and her bio says "She has a strange effect on boys, reducing them to babbling idiots," I can't help but wonder if the programmers had some whiskey with that Lewinsky.

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